In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP Composer on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Composer is a project dependency manager for PHP programming. Composer provides a standard format for managing all dependencies of PHP software and the required libraries by downloading all the required PHP packages for your project and managing them for you. It is used by most modern PHP frameworks such as Laravel, Drupal, Magento, and Symfony.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of PHP Composer on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 11 (Bullseye).
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install PHP Composer on Debian 11 Bullseye
Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following
apt commands in the terminal:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade sudo apt install curl wget php-common php-cli php-gd php-mysql php-curl php-intl php-mbstring php-bcmath php-imap php-xml php-zip git unzip
Step 2. Installing PHP Composer on Debian 11.
Now we install Composer on the Debian system, you have to run this single command:
wget -O composer-setup.php https://getcomposer.org/installer
To install Composer globally inside the
/usr/local/bin directory by running the following command below:
php composer-setup.php --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer
Verify the installed version:
Then, test your Composer installation with the following command:
______ / ____/___ ____ ___ ____ ____ ________ _____ / / / __ \/ __ `__ \/ __ \/ __ \/ ___/ _ \/ ___/ / /___/ /_/ / / / / / / /_/ / /_/ (__ ) __/ / \____/\____/_/ /_/ /_/ .___/\____/____/\___/_/ /_/ Composer version 2.1.8 2021-09-18 14:22:11 Usage: command [options] [arguments] Options: -h, --help Display this help message -q, --quiet Do not output any message -V, --version Display this application version --ansi Force ANSI output --no-ansi Disable ANSI output -n, --no-interaction Do not ask any interactive question --profile Display timing and memory usage information --no-plugins Whether to disable plugins. -d, --working-dir=WORKING-DIR If specified, use the given directory as working directory. --no-cache Prevent use of the cache -v|vv|vvv, --verbose Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug
Step 3. Using PHP Composer.
First, create your Composer project directory:
mkdir ~/my-composer-project cd ~/my-composer-project
Next, run the following command to initialize a new composer.json file and install the carbon package:
composer require nesbot/carbon
Once the installation is complete, you can see that Composer created two files
composer.lock along with a
email@example.com:~/my-composer-project# ls -l total 28 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 60 Sep 6 08:21 composer.json -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 18210 Sep 6 08:21 composer.lock drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Sep 6 08:21 vendor
After that, now create a new file named
testing.php and paste the following file:
<?php require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php'; use Carbon\Carbon; printf("Now: %s", Carbon::now());
Next, run the script by running the following command below:
root@server:~/my-composer-project# php testing.php Now: 2021-09-30 08:33:21
Congratulations! You have successfully installed PHP Composer. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of PHP Composer on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Composer website.